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Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC

Director, Children and Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, has more than 18 years of clinical and administrative experience in community-based mental health. She joined the National Council in May 2016 after working at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health as the director of mental health planning and policy.

While at Georgetown she helped develop training regarding trauma-informed systems, especially for people with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders. Prior to working at Georgetown, Dr. Henderson-Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in numerous roles, most recently as the director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, where she spearheaded implementation of high fidelity wraparound, care management services and mobile crisis services throughout the state, and worked with other state agencies to strengthen the service systems for vulnerable populations.

As a trauma-survivor, she brings a distinct perspective and knowledge base to mental health and addiction disorders services and is passionate about helping organizations and systems move toward becoming trauma-informed.

Focus Areas: Children’s Behavioral Health; Crisis Behavioral Health; Trauma-informed Care; Trauma-informed Systems; Trauma-informed Communities; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Staff Wellness; Organizational Culture Change, Military Children and Families; Continuous Quality Improvement


Linda's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s trauma-informed care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA